Ruth Marcus

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


The next attorney general will have to be close to Obama, but not too close.

  • Sep 30, 2014

Advice for someone who hopes to die at 75: Don’t give up too soon, old friend.

  • Sep 26, 2014

Long-acting birth control could curb pregnancies for young single women.

  • Sep 23, 2014

Two ideas on two pressing issues: infrastructure and health-care costs.

  • Sep 19, 2014

Hillary’s tone has changed since 2008.

  • Sep 16, 2014

Doing so would be bad practice and a worse precedent.

  • Sep 12, 2014

The couple don’t have issues to work through — only Ray Rice does.

  • Sep 9, 2014

Does the potential benefit of helping smokers quit outweigh the cost of enticing new addicts?

  • Sep 5, 2014

From immigration to foreign policy, Obama keeps digging a hole.

  • Sep 2, 2014

Incidents, as described in a new book, aren’t surprising but aren’t destined to repeat themselves.

  • Aug 29, 2014
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Ruth Marcus is a columnist for The Post, specializing in American politics and domestic policy. Marcus has been with The Post since 1984. She joined the national staff in 1986, covering campaign finance, the Justice Department, the Supreme Court and the White House. From 1999 through 2002, she served as deputy national editor, supervising reporters who covered money and politics, Congress, the Supreme Court, and other national issues. She joined the editorial board in 2003 and began writing a regular column in 2006. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2007. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Jon Leibowitz, their two daughters, and the world’s cutest dog.
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